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Learn the Latest on NYC Audubon's Conservation Programs at Our Next Lecture

[b]Conservation Biologist Kaitlyn Parkins with Banded Common Tern on Governors Island[/b][br]© NYC AudubonConservation Biologist Kaitlyn Parkins with Banded Common Tern on Governors Island
© NYC Audubon

By Susan Elbin, PhD, Kaitlyn Parkins, and Conservation Staff
Tuesday, June 4, 6pm
The Arsenal Third-Floor Gallery, Central Park
Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, New York, NY

NYC Audubon conducts scientific monitoring in all five boroughs to understand how birds are using our urban environment and how this environment affects them, via Project Safe Flight, our Jamaica Bay program, and our Harbor Herons project. Join us as Director of Conservation and Science Dr. Susan Elbin, Conservation Biologist Kaitlyn Parkins, and our conservation team provide updates on what this research has taught us in the past year. Our board election and annual meeting will precede the lecture. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

The NYC Audubon Lecture Series is free and open to the public. This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch.


Help Us Learn About Dangers to Our Migrants with D-Bird

[b]Interactive Map of Bird Building Collisions in 2016 Submitted through D-Bird. [/b]Interactive Map of Bird Building Collisions in 2016 Submitted through D-Bird.

Spring migration is underway—and sadly many migrants will run into trouble while attempting to navigate our city's maze of cement and glass. This time of year we receive many calls about birds found injured or perished from building collisions. Learn about the dangers facing birds by visiting our Project Safe Flight page.

If you find an injured or dead bird, there are many ways to help. Our partner, the Wild Bird Fund, offers excellent advice on what to do if you find an injured bird. If you believe the bird needs professional care, contact the Wild Bird Fund at 646-306-2862 or view our list of Animal Hospitals and Rehabilitation Centers in New York City to find a place to take the bird.

Just as important, you can make a valuable contribution to Project Safe Flight and contribute to our understanding of bird collisions in New York City by using D-Bird, our crowd-sourced bird injury and mortality data collection tool. You can easily log where and when you found an injured or dead bird by visiting on your smartphone or computer. The more we know about where and when birds are colliding, the more context and guidance we will have to provide better Project Safe Flight monitoring efforts.


Pop-up Nature Center at Governors Island Opens Saturday, June 1

[b]IBEX Puppetry Leading an Avian-inspired Workshop Outside Our Nolan Park House on Governors Island, August 25, 2018[/b][br]© IBEX PuppetryIBEX Puppetry Leading an Avian-inspired Workshop Outside Our Nolan Park House on Governors Island, August 25, 2018
© IBEX Puppetry

June: Open Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
July and August: Open Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm

NYC Audubon returns to Governors Island for a third season of programming at our pop-up nature center at Nolan Park House 17. Visit our house all this summer for displays on conservation, a children’s room with books and activities, bird-inspired artwork, and studio space showcasing artists creating work inspired by Governors Island and its variety of avian residents. This year we’re welcoming back artist-in-residence Autumn Kioti, who will be creating work all summer in her open studio space. Guests can borrow binoculars and participate in one of our free guided bird walks, or strike out on their own to discover the bright and bustling bird life all over the island. Last year we counted over 60 species in one day, so grab your guidebooks and help us build this year’s list. Visit our house and learn all about the feathery friends who share our urban environment and what we can do to help them out. Continue to check for updates on house hours, bird walks, and special events at our house all summer long.


Top Banner Photo Credits: Great Egret Nesting Colony © NYC Audubon; Group of Birders © Kati Solomon; All Others © François Portmann.

Bottom Photo Credits: John James Audubon (1785–1851) with Joseph Mason (1808–1842), Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla), Study for Havell pl. 19, 1821. Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and outlining with a stylus with touches of gouache, black ink, and selective glazing on paper, laid on card; 18 1/2 x 11 9/16 in.; Project Safe Flight Volunteer Gunda Narang © Sophie Butcher.

Audubon's Birds of America Gallery Now Open at New-York Historical Society

Audubon's stunning watercolors have a permanent home! Check out New-York Historical Society's Audubon’s Birds of America Focus Gallery, where you can view rotating watercolor models by John James Audubon with their corresponding plates from the double-elephant-folio series, engraved by Robert Havell Jr.—never on view together before!—bird calls, and a Bird-of-the-Month.

The Bird-of-the Month centerpiece currently is the Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla). Learn more about New-York Historical Society's gallery here.

The Volunteers of Project Safe Flight: A Photo Essay

Over the course of last spring, photographer Sophie Butcher accompanied Project Safe Flight (PSF) volunteers as they patrolled routes in New York City looking for dead and injured birds, victims of collisions with windows. The photographs she took offer a revealing look into the lives and work of these dedicated PSF volunteers, who are critical in helping our organization understand the causes of bird collisions in New York City. Her photo essay, "The Volunteers of Project Safe Flight," celebrates the volunteers and also brings awareness to an important environmental issue.

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Our Video

Karen Benfield and Lark Song Media spent a year documenting our work and produced a terrific video that captures our commitment to the birds and bird-lovers of New York City. See our varied outreach and conservation programs in action by viewing "NYC Audubon Highlights and Achievements 2018."
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